Quotes
In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and energy into something positive.
Lee Iacocca
Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet!
Annonymous

When you feel stressed, stop; take a breath and ask yourself "What's just one thing I can do?"
Elizabeth Hagen
 
You don't want to miss these two teleclasses!

Thursday, March 26 - 7 PM to 8:15 PM ET
Organize with Confidence
This is your chance to experience my signature presentation.  Learn how to organize your 'inner' stuff and then your outer clutter.
Registration includes down-
loadable recording.
Investment:  $29
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Thursday, April 9 - 1 PM to 2 PM ET
5 Simple Ways to Save Time and Make Money by Repurposing Everything You Do
Teleclass with Sandra Martini
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April 2009 Newsletter
"It's Time for Incredible Impact on Your Stress!"
Greetings!
 
It's almost April and this is really good news.  It's been a long winter and I'm happy we're going into Spring.

I had a great month in March speaking to a variety of groups.  I had the honor of speaking for two events in Perryton, TX sponsored by Leadership Perryton. I had never traveled to the panhandle in Texas before and it was a real treat.  I met the best people!

Leadership Perryton during one of the activities

Visiting with Perryton attendees after the presentation

I spoke for two MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups.  One in Brookings, SD and one in Alta, IA.  I love speaking to busy moms and these groups were great!
           

Speaking at MOPS Alta, IA

Have a fabulous April!  I"m so glad that Spring is here.  This is the perfect time to 'clear out the clutter' inside and out! You won't want to miss my 'Organize with Confidence" teleclass on March 26.
 
Fearlessly yours,
 
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hagen
Professional Organizer/Speaker
Feature Article
It's Time for Incredible Impact on Your Stress!

My theme in 2009 for my business is Incredible Impact. My goal is to reach as many women as possible with the message that 'right now' is their time.

I've recently developed an inspirational keynote called It's Your Time: 7 Action Steps to be Fearless, Successful, and Extraordinary! and I can't wait to present it all over the country and make an impact in thousands of lives. I also want to make an impact with you in my newsletters. So, each newsletter this year will focus on ways in which we can impact ourselves and others.

April is Stress Awareness Month.  Can you believe it?  A whole month dedicated to stress!
 
Stress is recognized as the number one killer today.  The American Medical Association has stated that stress is the cause of 80-85% of all human illness and disease.  Goodness!  We had better learn to do something about it.
 
I have found that I and others I speak to experience the most stress when we're not taking action, we're tired, and we feel overwhelmed.  So, it makes sense that to cure stress we need to take the right kinds of action, be rested, take good care of ourselves, and figure out ways to NOT feel overwhelmed.
 
Not taking action:
The next time you feel stress and anxiety don't push yourself harder, stop.  Ask yourself "What is just one thing I can do?"  We can always come up with one thing.  But the key is to not look at the whole picture but just focus in on one project and do one thing.  Try this.  You'll be amazed at how your stress evaporates when you take action.
 
Feeling tired:
This is a personal thing.  Are you feeling tired because you're burning the candle at both ends or is it a physical issue?  If you're not taking enough time for rest and relaxation you have to put this in your schedule.  I've never seen a tombstone that said "I wish I had worked more."
 
If it's a physical issue call your doctor now and schedule a physical.  Last fall/winter I was having horrible sleep issues and finally saw my doctor and she got me the help I needed and turned my sleeping issues totally around.  I can't tell you how much better I feel when I wake up rested.  And, how much less stress I feel.
 
Feeling overwhelmed:
When I ask my speaking audiences what they do when they feel overwhelmed the 100% response is - NOTHING!  And, when we're not taking action we feel stress.
 
I have a great system I call the 7 Steps to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed which is outlined in my book "Organize with Confidence".  It works when getting organized and it works when you feel overwhelmed about anything.
 
Step 1:  Set a date.  If things are too hectic at the time look at your calendar and set a date/time to think about the problem that you are overwhelmed over.
 
Step 2: Identify what's bothering you.  On that date/time sit down in a quiet place and think about what you're feeling overwhelmed about. Write everything down about the project.
 
Step 3:  Prioritize.  Now that you have it down on paper you can prioritize the steps to take.  You can't do that when it's all in your head.
 
Step 4:  Choose a date.  Choose a date to tackle the first priority.
 
Step 5:  Get ready to take action.  Write down what you need to take care of that first priority.  Everything!  Any supplies or names or people to talk to about it.
 
Step 6:  Do it.  On the date you chose in Step 4 start tackling the project.
 
Step 7:  Relax, reward, and repeat.  Great job!  You've started working on what was overwhelming you and I promise it feels great.  Pat yourself on the back, give yourself a reward for what you've done, and move on the next priority in this project.

  It may be that you do steps 1-6 at one time.  I've seen it happen many times.  Once you start taking action it feels so great you're going to want to keep going.
 
Start taking action, get the rest and relaxation you need, and watch the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed out vanish!


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Elizabeth's Calendar:
Where in the World is Elizabeth?

Am I coming to your city or your telephone? Call and see if I can also speak for your organization.

March 26
Organize with Confidence Teleclass
This is your chance to experience my signature presentation in the comfort of your home or office!
7 PM to 8:15 PM ET
Investment:  $29
Register here

April 1
Attract Your Choice Clients...Effortlessly for NAPO-San Antonio Chapter Meeting
San Antonio, TX
Contact Cynthia Cunningham for more info

April 2
Speak Now & Forever Get New Clients workshop
Sponsored by Absolute Organization
10 am to noon
Le Madeleine French Bakery
San Antonio, TX
Find our more and register here

April 3 -8
Visiting my daughter in Houston, TX

April 9
Complimentary teleclass interview with Sandra Martini
5 Simple Ways to Save Time and Make Money by Repurposing Everything You Do
1 PM to 2 PM EST/10 AM to 11 AM Pacific
Register here

April 9
Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle Q&A Call
7 PM ET
Find our more about the VIP Circle here

April 13 and 20

Starting Out As a Residential Organizer Teleclass Series for NAPO - National Association of Professional Organizers
www.napo.net

April 15
Organize with Confidence
Women in Business Seminar sponsored by Utah State University
Logan, UT
Contact Melodie Coleman for more info

April 20
Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle Coaching Call
1 PM ET
Find out more about the VIP Circle here

April 22
Organize with Confidence and Goal Setting 101
Administrative Professionals Event
9 am to 11 am, Swenson House
Thief River Falls, MN
Contact Jean Heinrichs for more info

April 23
Organize with Confidence and It's Your Time
Administrative Professional Day in conjunction with Earth Day
Sponsored by Mountain Plains Health Consortium
8:30 am to 4 PM, Ramada Inn
Black Hawk, SD
Contact Jo Ann Kinney for more info

April 27 to May 3
Attending the NAPO National Conference in Orlando, FL

See more details of upcoming speaking engagements here.

I'm in the process now of booking 2009/2010 speaking engagements. If your business or organization would like to be more focused, organized, and productive please visit the Speaking page on my website and then give me a call!